Calcutta, Oct. 1: An 11-year-old girl employed as a domestic help in a flat on the 34th floor of the South City residential complex escaped alleged abuse and accused her employer of raping her over months.
The girl, who hails from Ilambazar in Birbhum, sneaked out of the flat in the afternoon.
But not knowing where to go as she had never ventured out before, she was huddled in the staircase of the same building — Oak Tower. She was spotted by helps who work in other apartments.
The women informed the welfare secretary of the building after hearing the girl’s allegations.
Police sources said she was questioned by residents for almost two hours inside the complex before Jadavpur police station was called up for help.
By the time the police arrived, the girl’s alleged tormentor, who had introduced himself as a filmmaker to some neighbours and as a chartered accountant to others, had fled.
The police found three women aged between 20 and 30 in the flat during a raid and arrested them on charges of illegal confinement, conspiracy and suppressing facts.
As the conspiracy in this case pertains to a case of rape, which is non-bailable, the conspiracy charge too becomes non-bailable.
The police took the girl to the police station and said she would be taken to a hospital for medical tests.
The girl is said to have told the police that she had been raped over months.
A complaint has been lodged on the basis of the girl’s statements.
According to the police, the arrested women said during interrogation that they were aware of the rape.
They said the girl was employed for about six months and their employer had been raping her for the past three months, according to the police.
The arrested women have apparently told the police that the mother of the girl came to collect her daughter’s salary every month and they had alerted her about the torture the 11-year-old was being subjected to. But the mother did not lodge a complaint apparently because the family is poor and depended on the girl’s salary, the women told the police.
“The police reached the flat around 6.10pm but the accused had escaped sensing trouble. We are gathering information about him from various sources to find out where he may have fled,” an officer of Jadavpur police station said.
The police suspect all the arrested women are domestic helps. The youngest, in her early 20s, had initially claimed to be the daughter of the accused, apparently to escape punishment.
According to the police, the man used to live alone in the flat while his wife lived elsewhere but it was not clear if they were separated.
At 35 storeys, South City has the tallest residential towers in eastern India. The five towers in the gated complex have around 1,600 flats.